HAWKS HOST LAFAYETTE IN FINAL NON-MEAC SERIES
March 8, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - A week away from starting conference play, UMES will host the Leopards of Lafayette for a four-game series at Hawks Stadium. The two schools will play a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend on Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th, each beginning at noon.
The doubleheader format will have a nine-inning game in the opening contest followed by a seven-inning game in the following matchup. This format will be enforced on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Hawks enter Saturday at 1-11 on the season, trying to snap a 10-game losing streak. UMES's scheduled contest against George Washington last Wednesday was postponed due to inclement weather. Lafayette, a member of the Patriot League, is looking for its first win, standing at 0-7. The Leopards are coming off a 5-3 mid-week defeat against Rider.
These two last met in 2009, with Lafayette sweeping the four-game set in Princess Anne.
ROAD GAME AT GEORGE WASHINGTON POSTPONED
With the postponed game, this changes the length of the UMES homestand at Hawks Stadium to 19 games in a row. This includes four weekend series and two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference weekend matchups.
LAST TIME OUT: UMES LOSES FOUR GAMES AT HOME
Byron Campbell increased his hit streak to eight games, hitting .429 over the weekend with three stolen bases. Thomas Gray and Dustin Aigner each earned three hits and a pair of RBI. Jordan Bone had the best start for UMES, going 4.2 innings with just one run allowed against Cornell in a no decision.
UMES BASEBALL PREDICTED TO FINISH THIRD IN MEAC NORTH
The Hawks baseball team is predicted to finish third in the MEAC Northern Division, released by the conference on Wednesday.
UMES received 143 points in the voting. Delaware State has been predicted to repeat as division champions, earning 17 first-place votes for 213 points. Norfolk State got one first-place vote and is predicted to take second with 163 points and Coppin State is in fourth with 131 points.
Pedro Swann TAKES OVER AS UMES HEAD COACH
Swann brings a wealth of baseball experience to Princess Anne, playing in the professional ranks for 17 years from 1991 to 2007. He played for Delaware State from 1989-1991, earning all-conference honors all three years and hitting .421 with 26 home runs in his career.
2012 IN REVIEW
FEAR THE FRESHMEN
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT:
One of the top starters in the expected four rotation members is sophomore lefty Connor Ortolf, who went five innings with just one run allowed. Michael Massa, a senior lefty, stands at 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA and four strikeouts. A third lefty, sophomore Toby Schwartz, has seven strikeouts, an 0-2 record and an 8.10 ERA in 10 innings. The final starter is sophomore right-hander Alex Farina, who is 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in 10 innings. Through seven games, Lafayette has a team ERA of 8.84.
In the batting order, the leader is junior outfielder Andrew Santomauro, who sports a team-best .280 batting average and five runs. Senior outfielder Andrew Ruck hits .250 with a home run and two stolen bases, while senior first baseman Brad Hopek also has a home run, hitting .217 with four runs. The team is batting .194 coming into Saturday.
HAWKS BASEBALL RETURNS TO WGOP 540 AM
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